PACIFICON 2018 -- Pacific Division Convention 

October 19, 20 & 21, 2018
San Ramon Marriott Hotel
2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, California, 94583

Advance online registration is open until Sunday, October 7, 2018.
If you don't register in advance, you can register at the door.

 Division Director      Jim Tiemstra  ◊  K6JAT

ARRL Experience: In 1998, incorporated the Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA), an ARRL affiliated club, was a founding director and became its first president. Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) of the ARRL's East Bay Section from January 13, 2008, to June 21, 2009. He is a Life Member of the ARRL, and served as Vice Director of the ARRL's Pacific Division from 2009 through 2017. On January 20, 2018, he became the Division's Director.

Operating Experience: Ham Radio pastimes include contesting, DXing and DXpeditions. Has held the callsigns: V26JAT and 3D2TJ, as well as having operated as PJ2/K6JAT and KH6/K6JAT, and from V26DX and KH6RS.

Clubs/Foundations: ORCA, NCCC, NCDXC and MARC. Supports various foundations.

E-mail Jim ► or call him at 510-569-6963.
 Jim Tiemstra
Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT

 Vice Director           Kristen McIntyre  ◊  K6WX

Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, of Fremont, California, has been appointed Pacific Division Vice Director, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has announced. The appointment came upon the recommendation of Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, who succeeded long-time Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, upon Vallio's election as ARRL Second Vice President.
McIntyre, who has served as ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay Section, says on her profile that she's been interested in radio since she was about 5 years old. She got her Technician ticket in the late 1970s while a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After letting her license expire, she re-licensed and obtained her Amateur Extra license.
She also is licensed in Japan, her second home, as JI1IZZ. McIntyre is president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Club and is a senior software engineer at Apple. 
 Kristen McIntyre
Kristen McIntyre, K6WX

ARRL Board Lauds "Unforgettable Milestone," Formalizes LoTW Policy, Honors Award Recipients altPic

July 21-22, 2014 Reflecting the afterglow of the ARRL National Centennial Convention that concluded a couple of days earlier, the ARRL Board of Directors commended and thanked the ARRL Headquarters staff and the National Centennial Convention volunteers for "their devotion and service, contributing to a truly memorable celebration of this unforgettable milestone in the life of the ARRL." The resolution, offered during the Board's July meeting in Hartford, and adopted with applause, took note of the "countless" hours staffers spent, in addition to their routine responsibilities, preparing for and running the convention. The Board also noted the essential role of "many dedicated volunteers" before, during and after the convention. 

The Board dealt with a variety of matters during the two-day gathering on July 21 and 22 and bestowed several awards and honors. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, chaired the session. The minutes of the meeting have been posted.

Geography of the Pacific Division

The Pacific Division of the ARRL includes the State of California from the Oregon border on the north to the lower end of the San Joaquin Valley (Kern Co.); the counties of Alpine and Mono along the Nevada border east of the Sierra Nevada mountains and south of Lake Tahoe; and the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey along the Pacific Ocean south of San Francisco. The inland counties along the Nevada border south of Mono County and the coastal counties south of Monterey County are part of the Southwestern Division.

In addition to the part of California described above, the Pacific Division includes all of the States of Nevada and Hawaii and the U. S. Pacific Ocean islands to the west, such as American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and the Mariana Islands. U. S. military bases and other facilities using AP ZIP Codes are also part of the Pacific Division.

Our Pacific Division is divided into seven Sections, and we invite you to check out the Section for your location. You'll find radio clubs, RACES/ARES activities, Hamfests, community service opportunities, radio-oriented youth groups, and much more.

"Hello"... An Introduction to Amateur Radio

What is Ham Radio?

A housewife in North Carolina makes friends over the radio with another ham in Lithuania. An Ohio teenager uses his computer to upload a digital chess move to an orbiting space satellite, where it's retrieved by a fellow chess enthusiast in Japan. An aircraft engineer in Florida participating in a "DX contest" swaps his call sign and talks to hams in 100 different countries during a single weekend. In California, volunteers save lives as part of their involvement in an emergency response. And from his room in Chicago, a ham's pocket-sized hand-held radio allows him to talk to friends in the Carolinas. This unique mix of fun, public service and convenience is the distinguishing characteristic of Amateur Radio. Although hams get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by hams at intervals from just above the AM broadcast band all the way up into extremely high microwave frequencies.  

To learn more, watch "ARRL at 100: A Century of Ham Radio".

If you have a connection faster than Dial-up:
Listen altPic to this spot, What Is Amateur Radio? (1.3MB)  or View altPic this spot, Take A Moment -- Imagine... (13.7MB) 
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